Thanks for that Mark, I was intending to use it with a 300mm and maybe something bigger later. At present I,m using a Gitzo ball head, and as such this has to be tightened up. I,m hoping the Wimberley proves a lot more flexible.
I have a Wimberley Sidekick which I use in conjunction with an Arca-Swiss ballhead for my Nikon 500mm f/4P lens, I really like it a lot, it has made it very easy to follow moving subjects with this lens without worrying about the lens flopping over. I have tried it with my Nikon 80-400 VR & AF 300mm f/4 and I found the normal ballhead works well for these smaller lenses. Good luck!
Will, Thanks, I'm just moving over from underwater photography to above water wildlife, so I'm just slowly getting some kit together. I don't want to make any expensive mistakes. I take it you can freely pan left or right, tilt up and down without having to tighten down the sidekick?
Yes you are correct, once you balance your lens & camera on the Sidekick, you can point the lens up, down, left or right and you can let go of it without worry, it will stay where you pointed it. My Sidekick has really made it a pleasure to use my 500mm f/4 lens. You might want to check out www.naturephotographers.net lots of good information there. Good Luck!